Romans 14:14 Â I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
This verse is a real clincher! Paul knows and is persuaded by the Lord Jesus himself that there is nothing unclean of itself. It is in how the man esteems the grey area himself. Now if you see this verse in the light of this entire discussion you are going to realize that Paul was willing to limit his freedom.
HeÂ didn’t see anything wrong with it. The days in themselves are not unclean nor is the meat unclean. The issue is in the heart of the brother. You know that he is going to say that he will do nothing to offend his brother. He is concerned aboutÂ the other brother’s conscience more than he is his own freedom.
That is a good lesson for us. So many people like this chapterÂ because it seems to give them the right to do things that offend others. That is not the Biblical attitude. It is not what Paul thought obviously.
He was even convinced that there was no problem with the meat but! But! But! ThatÂ didn’t give him the right to trample over his brother’s conscience or to mock him. How many young Christians love to flaunt their freedoms and mock others.
How many older Christians love to be judgmental of others based on these grey areas. Well decide now to honor and serve God and keep this Romans 14 attitude.